(WJW) — With 7 weeks until Election Day, Ohio voters are weighing in on important races and issues that will impact not just the Buckeye state but the entire country.
In a September FOX 8/Emerson College/The Hill poll, Ohio voters are throwing their support behind Republican candidate JD Vance, who leads his opponent, Tim Ryan, 44% to 40% in the race for US Senate. 13 percent of voters are still undecided, with 3% planning to vote for someone else.
“Independent voters favor JD Vance by a two-point margin, 51% of which name the economy as their most important issue. Additionally, a stark gender divide exists on the Senate ballot, reflective of other Senate polling this cycle. Men break for Vance by 19 points, whereas women break for Ryan by eight points,” said Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling.
When it comes to the race for Ohio governor, 50% of voters support incumbent Republican Mike DeWine, with 33% backing Democratic candidate Nan Whaley. 12% of voters remain undecided in the gubernatorial race, the remaining 5% plan to support someone else.
“Unlike the Republican candidate for the Senate election, Mike DeWine is not only winning the support of men two-to-one with 54% of their vote, but more importantly, he also leads Nan Whaley amongst women, 47% to 38%. Without the support of Ohio women voters, Whaley’s success is unlikely,” explained Kimball.
One issue most voters polled agreed on: 80% said it’s important for candidates running for office participate in a debate prior to the November election.
Currently, 35% of Ohio voters disapprove of the job of President Biden.
As for the top issues at the forefront for Ohio voters? The economy leads the list, with abortion access and healthcare rounding out what Ohioans are focused on.
Voters head to the polls on November 8 to cast their ballot.